Luke 'FullFlush1' Schwartz Wins Sunday 500 For $68,815February 15, 2012 2:53 pm
UK outspoken pro Luke Schwartz has taken down the PokerStars $530 buy-in Sunday 500, after defeating a field of 860 players on his way to claiming the $68,815 top prize.
The high turn out for the tournament created a prize pool worth $430,000, which far exceeded the $250,000 guaranteed by PokerStars. It also ensured 126 players would at least receive a minimum payout of $774, with the 2011 EPT San Remo champion Rupert Elder then being in the unenviable position of finishing in 127th as the ‘bubble boy.’
As the online tournament progressed, notable finishers included gregior in 62nd, Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth in 59th, RLOG in 47th, and dean23price in 32nd. By the time the final table had been reached, though, four of the remaining nine players hailed from the UK or Ireland.
Eventually, it was two English players who made it through to the heads-up phase of the competition, with Luke Schwartz playing under the screen name “lb6121” up against Peter “Se7enTr3y” Akery. A deal was then struck whereby the remaining prize pool was split with an extra $5,000 going to the ultimate victor.
Here are the final results for the $530 PokerStars Sunday 500:
1 Luke “lb6121” Schwartz $68,815
2 Se7enTr3y $64,484
3 KingGr $41,710
4 kirbynator $31,175
5 biurtyj $21,672
6 David “davidv1213” Vamplew $17,200
7 jenbizzle $12,900
8 berg5528 $8,600
9 OMGitshunt $5,160
Luke Schwartz is a prolific, if not immodest, poker player who took up the game in 2005. He then notched-up thousand of dollars in winning playing cash, as well as tournaments, before going broke in 2006. After winning the PokerStars Sunday Million in 2007, Schwartz got back into playing cash games and as he explained in August 2009:
“By 2008 I was starting to get good at cash, dominating the European sites, and then this year I’ve won $1.5 million on Full Tilt. I gave Full Tilt a break for a while because they banned my chat and I returned to iPoker and Betfair, and I won $1.5 million there – that’s in the last two weeks. So this year’s been pretty good.”
Luke Schwartz then dropped off the radar a bit after becoming a father, but his victory on Sunday has many of his supporters hoping that they’ll see a lot more of him in the coming months.